German defence minister says Berlin is ready to expand military role
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that Germany was ready to play a larger military role than in the past in the service of closer European defence cooperation.
"Change is necessary. Isolation and self-blockades will not solve the problems we face in the world, in Europe, or here in our country," von der Leyen told a biennial gathering of 200 top military officials, citing Russia's more aggressive actions, the ravages of the Syrian war and brewing challenges in Africa.
"Germany is ready to engage ... to take more responsibility," she said.... read more
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